KUALA LUMPUR: Young Malaysians must be proactive in improving their command of the English language, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.
"Be bold and motivated to express yourselves correctly in both written and spoken English," he said at the launch of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Ninth Edition) at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Wednesday.
Kamalanathan said the Government recognises that there is room for improvement in terms of students' English proficiency.
To this end, strategic action plans have been put in place, he said.
Under Shift 2 of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, students' progress in English literacy will be consistently monitored with the extended Literacy and Numeracy Screening programme.
At the same time, English teachers will be up-skilled to meet international standards.
"The aim is for each child to achieve 100 per cent basic literacy in English after three years of schooling, and at least 70 per cent of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia students to obtain a credit in English," he said.